Australia's Got Talent inspires Capricorn Coast quest
MICHAEL Bacon isn't too familiar with being centre stage, but that's what Beaches Got Talent is there to help him with.
Inspired by TV show Australia's Got Talent, Yeppoon's Ross O'Reilly has started his own local version, giving performers an opportunity to have their voices heard and gain valuable experience along the way.
The O'Reilly's Real Estate, Rosslyn Bay Resort and Beaches Restaurant owner said the idea came about after he had been approached by many young local musicians looking for gigs at his venue.
"Week after week we have been approached by young local entertainers asking for a trial to entertain here at Beaches Sunday Mario's Sizzling Parrilla, so we decided to give them all the opportunity," he said.
"Our regular champion entertainer Dave Dow will host the talent quest."
With eight contestants per heat, two contestants from each heat progress through to the final, while the winner of each final progresses through to the grand final.
The grand final winner's prize is the chance to play with a special guest on stage at the upcoming Village Festival Day at Beaches. Ross said there would be three judges each week including Dave Dow, a Sea FM representative and a different guest judge each week.
Michael, 18, said he thought the competition was a great idea, and hoped it would help him with his presence on stage.
"I hope it helps me not to be so shy, I haven't done that many gigs in front of people," he said.
"I've been playing guitar for about three years.
"It was probably my mother who got me into music because she's a music teacher.
"I enjoy playing because it's relaxing. I enjoy all sorts of music; I play more acoustic songs than anything else." Ross said it wasn't only singers or bands who were invited to enter; he encouraged anyone with a hidden talent to have a go.
"It's all in good fun and we want everyone to enjoy it and have a good time, and give these people an opportunity to get some experience and grow," Ross said.
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The next three heats will be held over the next three Sundays at 4.30pm with the first final being held on Friday, May 27 from 6pm